So I went searching when I started in this game to convince myself that there was any degree of plausibility to this whole crazy story.
I went searching for a type of molecule, any molecule, that would have that vibration and that -- the obvious prediction was that it should absolutely smell of sulfur.
If it didn't, the whole idea was toast, and I might as well move on to other things.
Now, after searching high and low for several months, I discovered that there was a type of molecule called a Borane which has exactly the same vibration.
Now the good news is, Boranes you can get hold of.
The bad news is they're rocket fuels. Most of them explode spontaneously in contact with air,
and when you call up the companies, they only give you minimum ten tons, OK?
So this was not what they call a laboratory-scale experiment, and they wouldn't have liked it at my college.